Research Methods I
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
29 March 2019
Requisites for this module
MRESQ14512 Analysing Language Use,
MA Q11012 Applied Linguistics,
MRESQ10412 Experimental Linguistics,
MA Q15012 Psycholinguistics,
MA Q14012 Language in Society,
MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The module will first explain what research methods are and which methods (qualitative, quantitative or mixed) are appropriate for various types of research questions. The rest of the sessions will each introduce students to a specific research method.
What are research methods? What are the differences between quantitative and qualitative research?
From literature review to research questions (and hypotheses)
Introduction to mixed-methods research
Experiments and quasi-experiments
Surveys and Corpora
Selecting participants for a quantitative study
What is qualitative research? Introduction to qualitative approaches and methods.
Ethnography, Case studies and Action research 1
Ethnography, Case studies and Action research 2
This module will introduce students to research methods relevant to Applied Linguistics and TEFL and, to a lesser extent, Psycholinguistics. This introduction to research methods will prove helpful when students plan and conduct their MA dissertation projects and perhaps other research projects later on. Students will learn about both quantitative (e.g., survey, experiment) and qualitative (e.g., classroom observation, diary study) research methods.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
• understand the research process
• formulate viable research questions
• decide on which method(s) would be most appropriate for specific research questions
• go about preparing a research project in a principled manner
• discuss methodology and research findings of published studies
• use terminology related to research methods.
No additional information available.
10 2-hour lectures. There will be a fair number of classroom discussions and practical tasks done in groups.
- Cohen, Louis; Manion, Lawrence; Morrison, Keith. (2018) Research methods in education, London: Routledge.
- Mann, Steve. (2016) The research interview: reflective practice and reflexivity in research processes, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Field, Andy P.; Hole, Graham. (2003) How to design and report experiments, London: Sage.
- Mackey, Alison; Gass, Susan M. (2012) Research methods in second language acquisition: a practical guide, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Assignment 1: 900 Word Essay: Quantitative Methods
||Assignment 2: 900 Word Essay: Qualitative Methods
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Sophia Skoufaki and Tracey Costley
Sophia Skoufaki, 4.123, (0120687)3754, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Costley, 4.127, (01206) 872227, email@example.com
Prof Ianthi Maria Tsimpli
The University of Cambridge
Chair of English and Applied Linguistics
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 20 (90.9%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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